Planting seedlings is a great late winter or early spring activity for children of all ages! This activity is a great way to get children excited for the outdoors and can provide continuity and a daily routine where the children check and water the seedlings. Children get excited when they see their seedlings sprout and grow. Once the seedlings grow into plants (note: transplant seedlings into a larger container or the ground once they grow too large for their seedling container), this activity paves the way to teach a variety of science literacy concepts about what a plant needs in order to grow (sun, water, air, and soil). Planting vegetable seeds also gets children excited to eat vegetables!
Length: 4:40; 2 and up
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[00:00:13.200]This is Emily.
[00:00:14.710]And it is a beautiful day here in Nebraska.
[00:00:18.120]We are welcoming Spring by planting some seedlings.
[00:00:22.170]We're actually using up some of
[00:00:24.070]last garden season's materials for this activity,
[00:00:27.540]which includes some soil, even if it's from your yard,
[00:00:32.200]a container for that soil, and some seeds.
[00:00:36.380]Our goals for this activity are to have fun,
[00:00:39.640]to play with the soil, and get a little messy,
[00:00:43.210]and then to have something to tend to and water
[00:00:46.910]for the next few weeks, while we watch for these to sprout.
[00:00:51.050]Are you ready to plant some seedlings?
[00:00:54.500]Okay, take your cup.
[00:01:01.271]That one's yours.
[00:01:02.550]We're gonna dip it.
[00:01:07.540]And get it pretty full of soil.
[00:01:11.697]So, it looks like this.
[00:01:15.844]Whoa, good job.
[00:01:18.090]Let's get a little bit more in here.
[00:01:22.924]This is a big one.
[00:01:24.300]That is a big one.
[00:01:25.350]Let's take a little bit out.
[00:01:29.240]Grab all your soil.
[00:01:32.356]Put it right in front of you.
[00:01:35.000]Okay, Michael, what do you want to plant?
[00:01:37.270]Broccoli, peppers, or cucumbers?
[00:01:44.140]Here's our cucumber plant.
[00:01:50.081]There so tiny.
[00:01:51.570]They're very tiny.
[00:01:52.403]Can you put your hand out?
[00:01:58.029]Like this, and I'll pour some in here, okay?
[00:02:02.340]Can you put those, we'll make a little dent.
[00:02:07.620]Can you put your seeds in that little dent?
[00:02:12.985]Should we take your glove off?
[00:02:15.617]Now can you put your seeds in there?
[00:02:19.780]And then, can you cover it back up with soil?
[00:02:21.983](gasps) Good job.
[00:02:25.545]Now, I need my gloves on.
[00:02:26.452]Now, you can put your gloves back on.
[00:02:27.285]I'm gonna go help Laney.
[00:02:28.610]Laney, what do you want to plant?
[00:02:30.745]Eggplant, squash, or pepper?
[00:02:39.356]'Cause it's so pretty, isn't it?
[00:02:41.906]It's pretty, pretty purple.
[00:02:43.743]Is purple your favorite color?
[00:02:47.950]I need to take my gloves off.
[00:02:53.101]Can I see your hand?
[00:03:02.950]Can you make a little dent in the soil?
[00:03:08.053]Can you put them right here in this little dent?
[00:03:11.051]Where is the other one?
[00:03:11.967]That's okay, we'll just use two.
[00:03:15.387]Can you put them both in there?
[00:03:18.947]Can you put that one in the middle?
[00:03:23.157]Good job, now can you cover it back up with soil?
[00:03:33.107]Now we have to water it, don't we?
[00:03:36.150]Can you help me water?
[00:03:38.223]Yes, I can!
[00:03:41.105]Michael, do you remember
[00:03:42.258]if we were watering yours?
[00:03:49.822]No, you do it.
[00:03:51.034]You, you help me.
[00:03:52.864]Can you hold on here?
[00:03:54.380]You help me.
[00:04:00.410]We're really spilling, but that's okay.
[00:04:02.660]Laney, do you want to help?
[00:04:05.947]It's your turn to help.
[00:04:08.976]Wow, good job.
[00:04:10.460]See how it ran out the bottom?
[00:04:12.350]That means we have plenty of water in that one.
[00:04:15.487]Are you gonna help me keep these nice and wet
[00:04:17.900]over the next few weeks before we plant them in the ground?
[00:04:21.813]Thank you for your help.
[00:04:23.140]Great planting today.
[00:04:24.810]I want to do another one.
[00:04:26.456]Okay, we can do another one.
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